Lightroom: Don't re-import deleted photos

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I want to reawaken that "old" Idea from Frank:
with an idea for a solution....

Problem: when reusing a SD-Card and importing images in LR, already in LR deleted images will be imported again.

Also voting for orig. post.
I am really frightened about such "ideas" to let LR delete images off the card after importing!!!  The risk is too high loosing images in case of a disk crash before the next backup starts (automatically or in worst case manually which takes place too late in most cases ...).
Yes I know, LR can store a second copy when importing. But thats not a secure solution regarding viruses, ransomware etc. because this location is online.
Hence, the best way is too keep the images on the SD card for some time.
My workflow is to switch to another card-B after importing from card-A.
But sometimes I have to reuse card-A at the same day and don't want to format it yet.
If I already have deleted some images in LR they will be re-imported again - and thats ugly.

The solution is very simple and could be implemented by Adobe with a small effort I think because they can re-use the program code of an already implemented feature:
  • There is still a logic/algorithm behind the "Do not import duplicates" feature, that works well. It's based on the images metadata only.
  • When images are deleted from disk in LR, it should keep that metadata (or at least those which are important for the "duplicate" feature) in the DB or a extra file (call it "stub" entries). From time to time LR can purge older  stub entries in this file (e. g. older than 1 year).
  • in the import dialog LR has to check for deleted images by using the stub entries metadata in the same way as it does for "duplicates".
There should be a checkbox beside the "duplicate" option to activate the that "don't import deleted images". Also a setting in the preferences to set the purge period.

I'm sure the overhead (stub entries) for this feature is low in comparison to the space needed for all of our images we are still keeping on disk but are not worth ....... ;-)

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Je crois qu'il vaudrait mieux apprendre à utiliser correctement une Sd carte.... On importe dans LR sans effacer la SDcarte, on attend d'avoir contrôler l'importation, quûn backup soit exécuter, qu'un second backup sur un autre support avant de réutiliser la même SDcard.... Ensuite quand ont remet la SDcard dans l'appareil photo, on est donc certain d'avoir les copies des ces photos et pour un meilleur fonctionnement on formate la SDcard dans l'appareil pour que cette carte soit dans le meilleur état souhaité par le constructeur de l'appareil photo et que les prochains enregistrements soient complétement aux normes du constructeur et de prises en compte par Lightroom. Adobe, ne répondez pas à ce type de demande c'est un hérésie !

I think it would be better to learn how to use a Sd card. . . . We import in LR without deleting SDcarte are expected to have control the import, quûn backup is run, a second backup on another medium before using the same SDcard. . . . Then when the calls were SDcard into the camera, it is sure to have copies of these photos and for better operation it is formatted SDcard into the camera for this card is in the best condition desired by the manufacturer camera and upcoming recordings are completely with the manufacturer's standards and considered by Lightroom. Adobe, do not respond to this type of application it is a heresy!